Tag Archives: Finland

Sweden: a history of neutrality ends after 200 years

Owen Greene, University of Bradford Sweden’s application to join Nato in May marks a major shift away from its longstanding position as a neutral state, stretching back to 1812. Yet following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the decision now appears to command wide political support across the Swedish government, parliament and population. Swedish public support for Nato membership has gradually increased …

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Ukraine war: crisis between the west and Russia gives Turkey a chance to strengthen its hand at home and abroad

Ali Bilgic, Loughborough University The longstanding neutrality of Sweden and Finland was abandoned when both states submitted formal applications to Nato. But they are facing an unexpected obstacle on the way to membership: Turkey. While Turkey supports the alliance’s “open door” policy, Ankara’s veto reflects its aims to change the status quo and make gains in three areas: the eastern …

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Finland and Sweden’s desire to join Nato shows Putin has permanently redrawn the map of Europe

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham With Finland’s leaders announcing they want the country to join Nato, and all the signs pointing to Sweden doing the same, it is becoming clearer than ever that Vladimir Putin’s attempt to fundamentally restructure the European security order has worked. But it hasn’t worked the way the Russian president envisaged when it comes to Nato-Russia …

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Why the idea of a ‘neutral’ Ukraine is a non-starter in peace talks

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham and David Hastings Dunn, University of Birmingham Now that Russia and Ukraine have agreed to start negotiations at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, one of the key questions is what should be on the agenda to provide a way out of the current crisis. One of Vladimir Putin’s stated justifications for his aggression against Ukraine is the …

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